Tour de France Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge

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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge.

The man they call the Manx Missile is hoping to add another moniker to his resume on Saturday: Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer. And nothing would be sweeter than to do it in front of Mark Cavendish’s home country crowd. Indeed, Cav’s a Brit and this year’s Tour starts in Yorkshire, making the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider the popular pick to take stage 1, a (somewhat) sprinter-friendly affair that starts in Leeds and finishes 190.5km later in Harrogate, hometown of Cavendish’s mom.

Carrying Cavendish to the potentially glorious moment will be a custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge aero road bike. This size 49cm bike is built for speed. Along with the tiny frame size, the 5-foot-8 Cavendish runs a lengthy 140mm Zipp SL Sprint stem, which nets an ultra-low position, especially when he’s in the drops dashing for the final finish line. Take a look at the video and photo gallery below to see all the details of this speed machine that just might get a yellow makeover before too long.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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